March 10, 1944
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
FRIDAY, 10 MARCH 1944
BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): In Burma, 23 B-24s pound the town areas of Mogaung
and Kamaing during the afternoon, following an earlier B-25 raid on Kamaing;
40+ P-40s, P-51s, and P-38s hit gun positions S of Walawbum, troops and storage
areas W of Mogaung at Pahok, trains near Myitnge and Anisakan, the airfield
at Anisakan, and the town area of Laban.
CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): In China, 6 B-24s bomb Kowloon Docks; B-25s from
Suichwan sink a motor launch and damage 2 cargo vessels and a barge in the
Anking area; escorting P-38s shoot down several interceptors; P-40s and P-51s
on armed reconnaissance bomb or strafe barracks and shipping at Foochow, Nanchang Airfield and barracks, factory, barracks, and bridge near Sienning, and
in French Indochina, freighters at Hongay and Campha Port, barracks at Ha Coi,
and the area E of Lang Son.
PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (POA, Seventh Air Force): A-24s and P-40s from Makin and
B-25s from Tarawa, AA positions and radio installations at Mille and Wotje.
B-25s, operating out of Engebi (secured by invading
forces on 22 Feb) for the first time, bomb Kusaie.
SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Thirteenth Air Force): P-40s and
P-39s attack the Vunapope supply area; 19 B-24s pound the Rabaul area,
starting several large fires. Forty B-25s hit Japanese positions
in the hills near Empress Augusta Bay; P-39s attack targets at Kepiai Plantation.
Japanese Army attacks from the interior and assaulted the south knob of Hill 260 defended by the 182nd Infantry Regiment guarding the perimeter of the Torokina and Piva beachhead area.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): Eleven B-25s bomb Lorengau and
several targets of opportunity on Manus. B-24s and P-39s, operating singly
or in pairs, attack numerous scattered targets of opportunity throughout the
SWPA during armed reconnaissance flights. Lost is B-25D "Buzzin' Buzzard" 41-30632 (MIA).